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日本語だけで! Getting by in only Japanese!(a Yasuke Tip)

TABLE OF CONTENTS 目次 ~もの~ことそれは何だっけ? OUTLINE of the lessonExplanation 説明ネイティブのように (like a “native”)~ものthings~ことmovement, feelings, situationsそれは何だっけ?_は日本語で何だっけな

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Why I favor online textbooks like Tae Kim’s GuideToJapanese over mainstream textbooks

Lots of reasons. Here are some reasons that I mentioned to a student I started tutoring back in 2015.

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Yasuke Tips: Writing Trifecta! Using Journaling, tools like HiNative, and “Shadow Writing” to improve your Japanese

The goal of this post is to help Japanese teachers, japanese tutors, classroom students, and self-learners BURN their English language retreat bridges and march on to victory in Japanese.

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Yasuke Tips: Using HiNative to practice Japanese

https://hinative.com/ja/questions/ Don’t want to bother your Japanese friends with grammar questions? Try HiNative

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Yasuke Tips: Unusual LevelUps. How self-learning Japanese Sign Language (JSL) is helping me keep up my Japanese

I use lots of different methods to keep up my Japanese. As I have mentioned elsewhere, I force myself to use Japanese through tutoring, membership in Japanese associations, and other ways. I also have a few good Japanese friends (but they can be too busy for regular practice). I also use HiNative to get a […]

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Yasuke Tips! 検索 How to search the web in Japanese – A guide to a lifelong language habit

One of the best ways to improve your Japanese is to do web searches in Japanese and skim through the results. It is a habit that can help you immerse yourself more fully into Japanese and at the same time [hopefully] not hate doing so 🙂 But how to we do it? Let’s see!

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Yasuke Tips: A more in-depth look at how to use Erin.ne.jp to improve all areas of your Japanese, no matter your Japanese level

Erin.ne.jp is super useful and free. It doesn’t get much better than that for a japanese teacher (japanese tutor) looking for online resources. Which is why I already wrote about it being a great Japanese teaching resource (especially for immersion lessons). This Yasuke Tip will show you how to get all of the juice out […]

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Yasuke Adventure in Japanese : How to ask Japanese if they understood in very polite Japanese

As a way of increasing the depth of our Japanese knowledge Yasuke Tips has suggested using Yahoo ChieBukuro. The following is an example search.

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Yasuke Tips (For Teachers) – Using Erin.ne.jp to teach Japanese, especially immersion lessons.

A very quick write up of a topic I hope to delve deeper into later… Erin.ne.jp, the Japanese teacher/tutor’s Swiss Army Knife. On the surface this website might seem to only match self-study and for only certain kinds of students. But let’s take a closer look.

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Yasuke Tip: Using Yahoo’s 知恵袋 to get a deeper understanding of Japanese

Let’s say you want to know the difference between two similar Japanese words. For example, 新し と 新たな. You can google “新しと新たなの違いは” and get good results. But you can also try Yahoo’s ChieBukuro (Knowledge Bag) to dig deeper. Here’s how.

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Yasuke Adventures in Japanese: Addressing People (GuideToJapanese.org textbook supplement)

(The following study material can be used to add more “meat” to the lesson on “addressing people” on GuideToJapanese.org) あなた わたし “you” “I” – these are words that are seldom used by the Japanese. In a language where context is of the utmost importance and ほんね/たてまえ (本音/建前) rules the day, how can a mere mortal foreigner make […]

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猿も木から落ちる

Nobody’s perfect 🙂

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Drafting the would-be ultimate free kanji course

  The secret master plan… Shhh, don’t tell anybody…

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Hiragana Course Draft

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Journaling to improve your Japanese and maybe even your life

Isaac Newton did it Abraham Lincoln and Andy Warhol did it Leonardo Da Vinci, Marcus Aurelius, Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway, George Bernard Shaw and Maya Angelou did it.  And if you want your Japanese to improve, I highly recommend you do it to. What’s that?

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Yasuke Tips for Teachers: Classroom Expressions for Japanese Language Immersion

Japanese teachers, Japanese tutors, this one might just be what you were looking for! Taking Japanese lessons with a tutor? You can use these phrases too! (Side note: This tip will be included later in Full Yasuke! Our textbook of Japanese and Guide to teaching Japanese. Check it out!) Let’s take a look!

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Free Alternative to WaniKani – JapanTree Kanji Mnemonics (alternative or complement to WaniKani)

In this video I explain how to use JapanTree Kanji Mnemonics to help you with high school Japanese class kanji tests, college Japanese class kanji tests, or your self-learning kanji progress. Our kanji mnemonics series is free an can be a great alternative to or complement to WaniKani.

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Yasuke is on the way!!!

JapanTree – The Free Japanese Language School –  is proud to present …   Yasuke! THE (almost) ULTIMATE JAPANESE TEXTBOOK & GUIDE TO JAPANESE: An Online Study Outline For Students and Teachers   So far we have the guideline (outline) available as an aid to how to progress with Japanese study. As a work-in-progress, I […]

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Japanese People Forget How To Write Kanji – How to remember the kanji with mnemonics

  Don’t let it happen to you! Learn to write kanji by mnemonics and you just might remember them long after that classroom kanji test… Learning kanji without mnemonics is like learning to spell without having learnt the alphabet!!!!

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The New Japanese Textbook Revolution: knowledge free, paper at a profit

Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese. Available on Amazon A Guide to Japanese Grammar: A Japanese approach to learning Japanese grammar   There is a growing movement toward free Japanese textbooks and learning materials, supported by sales of paperback copies. Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese is possibly the first of this kind as far as Japanese […]

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Marcus Bird on effective use of Heisig kanji mnemonics

As I push on with the revolution and dig up and shed light on all the people and websites promoting kanji mnemonics I keep finding more and more youtubers showing how mnemonics have worked for them. I found this video today and I thought it was a good personal experience about how he started using the […]

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Kanshudo’s dojo for kanji mnemonics

The other day I found Kanshudo another e-learning site working on an adaptation of Heisig’s “Remembering The Kanji.” The website is pretty amazing with a beginner and intermediate course, flashcards, quizzes, vocab, and of course Kanji breakdown by component and mnemonics.     Here’s an excerpt from their about page: Kanshudo is the fastest and most enjoyable […]

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Kanji 101 – a great introduction to using Kanji Mnemonics / RTK

I found this well put together overview of learning Kanji with mnemonics and RTK and I thought I’d share it. This a great video for helping beginners see how learning with mnemonics works.   It’s great to find more people using mnemonics and adding to, promoting, and improving Heisig’s RTK.  

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JapaneseReader.com’s Micah Cowan on Remembering The Kanji and Kanji ABC

So the other day I found this high quality and thorough review of Heisig’s “Remembering The Kanji”   JapaneseReader.com – Remembering the Kanji, volume 1, by James W Heisig I particularly liked: I would love to see someone completely rework this system, and perhaps choose better keywords, and address some of the other problems I mentioned […]

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

There is a revolution taking place in the way people learn – AND (if I’m successful) teach – Kanji!   The methods are faster, smarter, …. lazier   My goal is to merge mnemonics and context to use neuroscience and tadoku to push these kanji methods into the classroom   And to shine light on […]

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One sweet and succulent dictionary! – an interview with Gregory of the Tangorin dictionary app

Hope you made room for dessert because today you’re in for a treat! We’re chatting it up with Gregory Bobin, creator of Tangorin Japanese dictionary! JapanTree: What motivated you to start your Tangorin project? Gregory: The faculty at my university declined my offer to digitize and open source the kanji learning materials they were distributing […]

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Kanji Link

Found a really interesting site a while back Called kanji-link It has a great introduction to kanji http://www.kanji-link.com/en/kanji/intro/ And thought I’d share it. The introduction explains how 75% of the kanji fall under just ~30 radicals! The chart explaining that looks great too. If you’re a teacher its great since its easy to use in […]

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2,136 Kanji OR Die! The 97 Day Kanji Challenge – an interview with Nico from NihongoShark.com

Alright !!  I’ve got a treat for you! Today I’m chatting with Nico from NihongoShark. His website has plenty of good information for language learners including a free ebook on learning Japanese that gives an excellent overview of what and how to study. If you’re looking for motivation, great advice (some of the best I’ve heard, […]

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